Preparing our students for career contributions in the local economy and beyond is central to the Coles College of business mission. At Coles, we spend time connecting with our students and listening to business leaders. This helps our faculty create curriculum that pushes our students to aspire for more than just a degree, to aspire to lead and contribute from the moment they graduate.
Our students have access to guest lectures, mentorship, consulting opportunities and professional development programs that increase first-year employment productivity and employer ROI by as much as 40 percent.
Opportunities to Lead and Learn
Through initiatives like the Hughes Leadership and Career Program, our undergraduate students are prepared to compete in today’s challenging job market. Designed by faculty using feedback from potential employers, students are immersed in activities created to develop their leadership potential, collaboration skills and negotiation tactics to name a few. The Coles College Scholars Program Minor offers a unique opportunity for our top students to learn with a diverse cohort, take advanced business courses and collaborate on business consulting projects with external companies.
Experience is the key to graduating career ready students, and our internship program encourages all Coles students to gain valuable hands-on experience outside of the classroom. In the past year alone more than 50 percent of our students completed a successful internship during their academic year, totaling more than 11,000 hours of experiential learning.
Our nationally ranked graduate programs give business professionals the deeper knowledge and leadership skills they need to advance their career. For example, 88 percent of Executive MBA graduates cite an increase in their ability to be promoted and 94 percent report that their Coles degree increased their value within their organization.
Learn more about our internationally ranked and accredited programs.
Looking for customized programs? Coles offers non-degree programs tailored to your business needs.
Coles faculty publish in top-tier journals and provide specialized consulting.
“The opportunities within Coles College are limitless. Coles offers students many advantages to get involved both inside and outside of the classroom, with knowledgeable professors and also great caring staff and student-run organizations such as KSU Enactus or Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity. Coles has exponentially helped me develop my professional skills and has opened the door to many opportunities that has helped establish lasting connections. Altogether Coles College of Business is a great place."
- Sydney Thomas, Junior, Coles College